I Sing A Maiden

Middle English Text

Modernization

I syng of a mayden
that is makeles,
kyng of alle kynges
to here sone che ches.

He came also stylle
where his moder was
as dew in aprylle,
that fallyt on the gras.

He cam also stylle
to his moderes bowr
as dew in aprille,
that fallyt on the flour.

He cam also stylle
where his moder lay
as dew in Aprille,
that fallyt on the spray.

Moder and mayden
was neuer non but che;
wel may swych a lady
Godes moder be.

I sing of a maiden
That is matchless,
King of all kings
To (be) her son she chose.

He came all so still
Where his mother was,
As dew in April
That falleth on the grass.

He came all so still
To his mother's bower,
As dew in April
That falleth on the flower.

He came all so still
Where his mother lay,
As dew in April
That falleth on the spray.

Mother and maiden
T'was never one but she;
Well may such a lady
God's mother be.

Other on-line reference links:

'As dewe in Aprylle': 'I syng of a mayden' and the liturgy
Spring, 2002 by Michael Steffes

Original Sloane Manuscript (c.1400-1500); the source of the poem.


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